11/11/2009 12:00AM

Emigh in Churchill Downs spill


LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Jockey Chris Emigh was taken to a Norton Audubon Hospital in Louisville Wednesday afternoon for observation after being unseated during the running of the sixth race at Churchill Downs.

Emigh fell to the Churchill Downs grass course entering the second turn of a one-mile race for juvenile fillies when his mount, Silent Candy, clipped the heels of Dreaminofjosphenine. He crashed heavily to the turf, but fell to the outside, appearing to avoid his stumbling mount and staying clear of the horses in the rest of the pack.

Emigh was immobilized by track personnel and placed on a stretcher, but was conscious following the incident, Churchill Downs spokesman Darren Rogers said. Rogers said he was informed by officials that Emigh showed signs of a possible concussion, had a contusion on his cheek, and general body soreness.

Emigh, 38, long one of leading riders in Illinois, began riding regularly in Kentucky this fall. He has two wins from 22 mounts at the Churchill Downs meet.

Silent Candy, a Candy Ride filly trained by Christine Janks, galloped toward the finish line following the incident before being caught by the outrider.